On Monday at approximately 4:00 pm local time, a would-be robber entered a Metro PCS store. The robber was carrying a handgun, and he tossed an empty bag on the counter, demanding the employee fill it with phones. The clerk, who is reportedly also a Marine reservist and licensed to carry, quickly took action.
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The incident took place in Southwest Philadelphia, according to a report by the Daily Mail, and was recorded by the store’s security cameras.
In the video, the would-be robber can be seen approaching the counter while carrying a handgun. He demanded that the employee fill a bag with phones.
While in his seat behind the counter, the employee, who was licensed to carry a firearm, drew a handgun from his waistband. He quickly takes aim at the would-be armed robber, firing several shots.
Emergency personnel headed toward the scene after receiving a call that shots had been fired in the neighborhood. They arrived and found the would-be robber on the floor in the store. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:12 pm.
The employee was unharmed during the 12-second encounter.
Speaking on Tuesday, law enforcement confirmed that “there will be no charges against the employee,” as it was deemed self-defense.
According to investigators, the store had been robbed a minimum of two other times during the past year. Robberies at the Metro PCS had become so common that the store maintained a logbook that police officers would sign during their visits.
Locals stated that they were happy that the employee was unharmed.
“He comes in here and buys food,” said one. “I bought my phone from there. He’s a really good guy.”
“It’s a shame that it had to happen, but thank God, you know what I mean, he didn’t get hurt,” said another.